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A bout with gout........home remedies?

Weekend WarriorWeekend Warrior Posts: 1,702
edited 2:44AM in Off Topic
After limping around in pain :pinch: for the better part of 4 months, my co-workers, family and friends demanded that I get to the Dr. to figure out what was wrong with my left ankle. X-rays negative. Bloodwork - positive for high levels of uric acid. I am starting a 7 day series of prednisone tonight for the pain and swelling, but does anyone have a sure-fire way to prevent future attacks? I have heard and read that eating cherries or drinking real cherry juice are very helpful. :unsure: I have also been told that reducing my red meat, pork and alcohol consumption would help, but that's probably not going to happen :evil: , so what's the next best home remedy?

Thanks,

Mark

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  • CBBQCBBQ Posts: 610
    Anybody who's never had gout has no idea about the pain. The most accurate thing I ever read about it was in a 1700's medical book that said, "Gout is so painful that if you are asleep you'll be awakened by pain just from someone walking into the room".
    I had surgery to remove/flush the crystals out of the big toe joint. It felt so much better after the surgery that I never even took a pain pill.
    Unsweetened dark cherry juice helps to prevent the attacks. You can get the concentrate from any health food store. Green tea and flaxseed oil are also supposed to be good for flushing the system out.
    Like you, I don't see my diet changing all that much so I now take medicine everyday to help with the acid levels. The crystals can build up in the kidney and cause failure so I figured I'd rather take the medicine now instead of having to have kidney surgery and then having to take the medicine anyway.
    Good luck with it.
  • Thanks very much for the reply and information. I have an appt. with an orthopedic surgeon (foots specialist)on Dec. 7 to determine the course of action. The prednisone is just a quick fix for the pain and swelling. I haven't been able to lace my left shoe for several weeks and going up and down stairs was really becoming a chore. I guess I'm going to become a big fan of cherry juice.

    Thanks again,

    Mark
  • Mark,

    My Dad had it when my sons were playing hockey and the pain was incredible in the cold arenas. I have high uric acid levels and I'm doing the dark cherry juice and drinking a load of water. Will find out next month if it helps.

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • CBBQCBBQ Posts: 610
    My doctor told me that once the crystals are there, they're there. So he does a procedure where he basically goes in and flushes them out. My recovery was very quick and the pain from the surgery/stitches was a relief compared to the gout.
  • Thanks Steve. Mostly men get it and most get it in the big toe. Mine decided take up residence in my ankle. I was aching at NiEggara, but tried to hide it as best I could, so as to not have to answer 100 questions about it. Didn't even know what was wrong then..... I'm going to get on the cherry juice regimen pronto.

    Thanks,

    Mark
  • FidelFidel Posts: 10,172
    My advice -- drink heavily.

    Probably won't help with the gout, but your ankles will feel better.
  • CBBQCBBQ Posts: 610
    You can't drink past that pain. I tried............on multiple occasions. And when you wake up it hurts even worse. LOL.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,171
    I have had 3 serious bouts with gout over the years - twice in the ankles and once in my wrist. Yes, it is very painful! I take medication now and it's been nearly 20 years since my last attack. I don't avoid any of the items mentioned.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • Plumbr44Plumbr44 Posts: 212
    You all have jinxed me!!! I have a flare-up right now, haven't had one in years. I may try the cherry juice thing. Does it mix well with Absolut Vodka and Strip steaks?
  • Plumbr44Plumbr44 Posts: 212
    allipurnal?
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,171
    yup! 300MG a day...you too?
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • Plumbr44Plumbr44 Posts: 212
    not taking anything, my old boss took it for Kidney stones. Must be related.
  • Plumbr44Plumbr44 Posts: 212
    I do have some indomethicin for inflammation, I took 2 about an hour ago, I'll let in cruise thru my system and see what that does.
  • CBBQCBBQ Posts: 610
    Gout is a kidney ailment. The crystals can actually build up enough in the kidney to force a transplant.
  • CBBQCBBQ Posts: 610
    Same here.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,171
    :( when the grim reaper decides your time is up then that's it! In the mean time I'll tread water using the medicine proven to offset the problem of gout and in my case it works so I don't look for alternatives...nor changes in my life style...as he was quoted while they closed the casket. :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • emillucaemilluca Posts: 673
    Bee Sting. It works...
    E
  • CBBQCBBQ Posts: 610
    One time my mom was questioning my diet. I brought up the fact that Ewell Gibbons, who used to do the Grape Nuts commercials claimed to eat almost nothing but berries and other veggie's. And I also reminded her that both of my grandparents drank a full bottle of hard liquor and 4 packs a day, each. They outlived him by 15 years.
    I'm right there with you.
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 19,468
    never in my life have i heard of a vegetarian make it to 100 years of age. and if one did, im sure we would all hear it over and over and over again. :laugh:
  • Only thing I know of is allopurinol. As long as I take that every day I have no problems.
  • Be thankful you aren't a horse :whistle:
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